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louisiana, tonight. kelly, it's an ominous site. >> reporter: it is, katie. this oil is thick and black. it stretches about a quarter mile down a beach. it goes beyond the booms into the sensitive marsh lands which is home to migratory birds. louisiana governor bobby jindal flew over it today. >> this wasn't just sheen, we were seeing heavy oil out there. this wasn't just tar balls. it shows you how quick they oil showed up. >> reporter: this video was shot by the local parish government in south pass. when we tried to reach the beach, seen here and covered in oil, a boat of b.p. contractors with two coast guarder ifs on board told us to turn around under threat of arrest. we spoke to coast guard officials today, they say they're looking into it. katie? >> couric: kelly, what has been the impact on wildlife so far? >> reporter: government officials say that 162 sea
turtles have died, about half a dozen bottle nose dolphins have died. the sea turtles have not been thoroughly examined yet but federal officials say this seems related to the oil spill. and they admit they have no idea what's happening in the deeper waters because they can't watch it. katie? >> couric: kelly cobiella, kelly, thanks very much. this disaster began four weeks ago tonight when the oil rig exploded offshore and later sank into the gulf. on capitol hill, sharyl attkisson reports senators could barely contain their frustration over the efforts to stop the leak. >> this is just a small portion of the undersea video b.p. didn't want you to see. only after senators demanded it and cbs news filed a freedom of information request did b.p. finally release selected. >> ed: the portions this afternoon. from may so, here's the oil plume before b.p. inserted the straw-like device to collect some of the oil. this is the same plume with the
collection device in place yesterday. barbara boxer is one senator who pressed b.p. to give up the video. >> it's hardly holding back any oil. still a massive situation. >> reporter: today, interior secretary ken salazar said more oil is being captured now than shown in yesterday's video. >> it was ramped up through the day and overnight. >> reporter: even so, a flow measurement expert who looked at the new video says b.p. and the government's estimates about how much oil is leaking-- 5,000 barrels or 210,000 grans a day is wildly an inexplicably low. >> the estimates are not to be believed. still in the ballpark of three million gallons per day. >> reporter: also made public, a short clip showing b.p.'s fail ed effort to contain the leak by lowering a giant box on top of it. why did it take two senators to demand for b.p. to release this video and explain to them this is in the public's interest? >> you would have to ask b.p. why it is that they tried to
withhold this film. right now they've given it to us. all i can say is better late than never. but yes we've lost precious time and we'll try to make up far right now. >> reporter: even more surprising, this admission from the coast guard today at one of three hearings on capitol hill. >> was b.p. not providing full access to the video footage? >> it's been coming into the command centers realtime since the start of the event, sir. >> reporter: the coast guard didn't bother to record the video themselves or tell congress until asked, according to senator boxer. b.p. now says it's had up to 14 robotic vehicles recording undersea video. senators say they expect to get all of the rest of it tomorrow and will make it available to the public and independent experts. katie? >> couric: sharyl attkisson reporting from capitol hill tonight. those who make their living along the gulf coast were the first to feel the economic impact of this spill, but as michelle miller reports, the ripple affect now extends across
the country. >> that smell, it's the smell of destruction. >> reporter: matthew lepetich owns rights to oyster beds in the direct path of deep's renegade crude. his oysters need a few more months to mature. there's not one big enough in this pwaoeur bunch? but if the oil reaches them before he can harvest, lepetich says he will lose $4,500 a day. >> it's a domino affect that starts right here. >> reporter: lepetich sells to suppliers in seven states from the gulf coast to maryland. >> it brings a lot of anxiety amongst our customers. >> reporter: new orleans seafood supplier cliff hal has already raised prices in. the last week, his oysters are up by $10. gulf coast fish rose a dollar a pound. and shellfish like shrimp and crabs are up $6. restaurants as far away as new york city are feeling it. head chef sandy doesn't even buy gulf coast seafood. still, prices at his oyster bar rose 10%.
>> it's up considerably and it's really scary what the future entails. >> reporter: while seafood prices are rising, along the gulf coast, tour schism falling. the mere threat of oil is causing thousands of hotel cancellations. >> i'm now pushing, oh, close to $100,000 worth of cancellations for may and june. >> reporter: in the florida panhandle, memorial day occupancy rates are usually 90% or higher, but reservations are off by 50% and some have occupancies as low as 15% to 19%. after two long years of recession, many business owners thought this would be a breakout year. instead, so far, it's looking more like a bust. michelle miller, cbs news, new orleans. >> couric: surprisingly, 2010 may not be a bust for toyota. sales have rebounded since that huge accelerator pedal recall, but the company is still making amends for its slow response to the accelerator defects. today, toyota paid the u.s. government a record $16.4
million fine. turning to politics now and the biggest night of the year so far in the battle for control of congress with key elections in three states. in kentucky's republican senate primary, secretary of state trey grayson, hand pick bid senate majority leader mitch mechanic come faces tea party favorite rand paul. in arkansas, senator blanche lincoln is fighting for her life in the democratic primary. senator arlen specter is doing the same in pennsylvania where there's a special election for the congressional seat held until his death by democrat john murtha. national correspondent jeff glor is in johnstown, pennsylvania. jeff, the house race is being viewed as a real bellwether. >> reporter: indeed it is, this is the only district in the country in the last presidential race switchd from democrat to republican. and what happens here tonight might be echoed around the nation this fall. democrat mark critz is running to replace the late john murtha, the powerful but divisive democrat who served in the house
since 1974. critz worked for murtha for ten years but says he's no insider. >> my opponent has tried to paint me as a bureaucrat, but i've been in pennsylvania for my entire career. >> reporter: the republican is businessman tim burns, a political newcomer. >> vote tim burns! >> reporter: he's hoping that will be a plus in this anti-incumbent, anti-insider climate. the loss of a long-time democratic house seat would seemingly shake the confidence of democrats who are struggling to hold on to their congressional majorities in the november midterms. both national parties have poured huge money into this race. nearly a million dollars each. big party celebrities have been sent in to rally the troops. the republican icon for change, massachusetts senator scott brown, was here for burns and over the weekend former president clinton lent his voice to critz. >> this guy will make good things happen. he knows how the do it, he won't have to have on-the-job training >> this is a battleground
district. all of the national issues are at play here. >> reporter: in pennsylvania's senate race, five-term republican arlen specter who turned democrat for this primary is up against congressman joe sestak, a former navy admiral who says specter has served the state well but was loyal to george bush. >> those last eight years were devastating. his time's come. it's gone. >> reporter: specter is the candidate of the democratic establishment and is fighting for his political life. >> i want to be reelected, it's my job to get jobs for thousands of people from pennsylvania. >> reporter: no matter which democrat win this is primary, they will face another bruising campaign against the republican pat toomey in november. katie? >> couric: jeff. >> glor, jeff, thanks very much. safe to say few americans outside connecticut had heard of richard blumenthal today. the democrat is favored to win the senate seat vacated by christopher dodd. but blumenthal's campaign was thrown into turmoil today. he admitted he misspoke when he claimed that as a young marine
he served in vietnam. here's senior political correspondent jeff greenfield. (applause). >> reporter: it was fitting that richard blumenthal stood today with men who had served under fire. fitting because connecticut's attorney general, the odds-on favorite to win a u.s. senate seat, was fighting for his political life. >> now, on a few occasions i have misspoken about my service and i regret that and i take full responsibility. >> reporter: those few misspoken words were at the core of a "new york times" story splashed across today's front page. on several occasions, the "times" said, blumenthal has spoken as if he served in vietnam, not the reserves at home. occasions like this one back in 2008. >> we have learned something very important since the days that i served in vietnam. >> reporter: neither blumenthal nor his staff, the "times" said, ever corrected any of the numerous press accounts that had put him in vietnam. however, on several occasions, as in this debate in march,
blumenthal has been clear about where he did and did not serve. >> although i do not serve in vietnam, i have seen firsthand the affects of military action. >> reporter: blumenthal, long the most popular politician in connecticut, has been running well ahead of both potential republican to opponents, former congressman rob simmons and linda mcmahon. the campaign of mcmahon, the one time world wrestling executive with combat experience of her own claimed credit for unearth the "in vietnam" tape. as for the story's impact, dennis house who hosts a connecticut public affairs show says: >> i think it will tarnish his reputation because for years he was the most popular politician in our state and now everyone will wonder if what he says is actually truthful or, as he would put it, a misstatement. >> reporter: you can understand why democrats, learning that a once-safe senate seat might be in jeopardy, just might be singing "i read the
news today, oh, boy." katie? >> couric: what will political observers be watching for all of these races that may ship things in november? >> i think for this entire primary season right through to september they're going to be looking to see how much incumbents are endangered within their own party. we always talk about that, but this is... you know, incumbents, anti-incumbent movement. the idea that incumbents are being plucked off by their own party for being insufficiently left or right or too much in washington, this would be a phenomenon that would really shake up the entire political landscape. >> couric: all right. jeff greenfield. jeff, thank you very much. now to that investigation of the times square bombing attempt. investigators say faisal shahzad has told them he was planning attacks on other manhattan targets as well: grand central station, rockefeller center and the world financial center. bob orr is our justice correspondent. bob, shahzad was in federal court today. >> reporter: katie, the first court appearance for accused times square apaoerpbs faisal
shahzad is over. he's charged with attempting to set off a weapons of mass destruction. he's been cooperating cooperatih investigators and until today waived his right to a court appearance. a beard shad s.a.d.d. dressed in gray sweat pants and sweatshirt uttered just one word "yes" when asked about a personal document. if convicted, shahzad could face life in prison. katie? >> couric: bob orr in washington, bob, thank you. meanwhile, in afghanistan today a car bomb attack worked all too well. five american service members were killed. and that pushed the total u.s. dead in the afghan war to one thousand. the taliban suicide bomber drove a minivan packed with explosives into a nato convoy in the crowded streets of kabul. along with the americans, a canadian soldier and at least 12 afghan civilians were killed. and coming up next here on the "cbs evening news," good news, believe it or not, about aging. getting older may mean feeling better. or at least less stressed. with moderate alzheimer's.
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>> reporter: try to measure vicki paterno's stress level and it barely registers. >> i'm established in my career, i have a successful marriage. i've got a great daughter! >> reporter: but for her 25-year-old daughter rachel, stress and worry are constant. >> some people would say i spend the majority of my time worrying about things. i don't know. >> reporter: it's one more reason why youth is wasted on the young. a survey of 340,000 americans found 49% of 22 to 25-year-olds reported a lot of stress. but starting at age 50, stress drops steeply and only 29% of those between 62 and 65 reported a lot of stress. so at 59, sue atkins is relaxed. >> nothing keeps me awake at night. (laughs). >> reporter: but 21-year-olds like tracy fabian are about to hit the stressful years. >> work, traffic, making money,
paying bills. >> younger people tend to perceive the future as vast, as nebulous, and as highly uncertain. >> reporter: the survey found that anger levels also declined steadily from the 20s into the 50s and beyond. worry, however, stays fairly constant until the early 50s but then drops sharply. it's worked out that way for vicki paterno, a pediatrician, now retired. >> i have a good life. i am able to enjoy my life. >> reporter: denice pope helps young people deal with stress. she says older adults have the advantage of perspective. >> they can look at their lives and say "you know what? it wasn't that big a deal that i didn't get that promotion or i didn't get into x, y, z school." >> reporter: so for those of us getting a little concerned about some gray coming in, may as well kick back. it could be worse. we could be in our 20s. john blackstone, cbs news, san francisco.
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natural disasters in american history, the eruption of mount saint helens. on may 18, 1980, the nearly 10,000 foot volcano in washington state exploded, killing 57 people unlucky enough to be nearby. the blast tore 1300 feet off the mountain's peak, blew down 230 square miles of forest and spread ash for hundreds of miles. and former alaska governor sarah palin is one of this country's best-paid speakers. now, like mother like daughter. 19-year-old bristol palin has signed with a speaker's agency, campaigning in 2008, bristol was thrust into the spotlight as a new unmarried mother. now she'll address young people on abstinence and pro-life issues for $15,000 to $0,000 a speech. and coming up next, playing a mean gal with glee. captioning sponsored by cbs co]
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you couldn't quite place is playing a character you love to hate-- and she's loving every minute of it. >>ly steal away into your home and punch you in the face. >> couric: meet sue sylvester. >> wheels, gay kid, move it! >> couric: the decidedly uncheery cheerleading coach on "glee." >> i'm going to make it a habit not to stop and talk to students, this has been a colossal waste of my time. >> couric: jane lynch is one of those actors you've seen before but might not know her name. >> by the time i was 14 you're looking at at. 60 movies, 70 t.v. roles, 30 years in show business. >> in a way i feel like i've just startedded. i get very excited to go to work. i love get manager i makeup done. oh, that i ear gonna brush my hair! try being waterboarded! that's hard. >> couric: fox might have made her a household name, but it's a tigheer that launched her career. >> we just love kellogg's frosted flakes.
>> couric: on the set of a frosted flakes commercial, she met director christopher guest. >> i ran into him at a restaurant about six months later and he was putting together "best in show" and he said "come to my office today." by the time i got there he said "i worked something out in my mind. i'd like you to be a lesbian couple." >> my father was the task master, the disciplinarian, which is what i do. >> mr. punishment. (laughs). >> well, also reward. >> couric: an openly gay actor, jane lynch gives credit for that openness to a number of other entertainers. >> i have ellen degeneres and melissa etheridge and all of them to thank for kind of paving the way. rosie o'donnell. i'm kind of just very open about who i am and, you know, i'm more than just that. ♪ keep holding on... >> couric: like the students she picks on in "glee" jane was in her high school choir and she recently had a chance to show
off her pipes singing a hit from the ultimate lady with an attitude madonna. ♪ come on, vogue, let your body move to the music... ♪ >> the world is my oyster at this point. i think i... i love doing it all ♪ vogue... >> couric: for my full interview with jane lynch, you can go to cbsnews.com. i'm katie couric. thanks for watching. see you tomorrow. good night.
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